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The traction control light stays on all the time, i cannot turn traction control on

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The control button is so located that it can easily be swithed on inadvertently by ones knee. To switch it off is sometimes not possible unless the front wheels are in alignment without any lock, you may also try switching off the engine and re starting to find the light is now off.

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

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    Peter Colgan Oct 09, 2010

    i have tried with the engine running, with the engine off and the key turned on, but to no avail, the light o the dash, stays on all the time

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